La Règle du Jeu

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Banned on its original release as 'too demoralising', and only made available again in its original form in 1956, Renoir's brilliant social comedy is epitomised by the phrase 'everyone has their reasons'. Centreing on a lavish country house party given by the Marquis de la Chesnaye and his wife (Dalio, Gregor), the film effects audacious slides from melodrama into farce, from realism into fantasy, and from comedy into tragedy. Romantic intrigues, social rivalries, and human foibles are all observed with an unblinking eye that nevertheless refuses to judge. The carnage of the rabbit shoot, the intimations of mortality introduced by the after-dinner entertainment, and Renoir's own performance are all unforgettable. Embracing every level of French society, from the aristocratic hosts to a poacher turned servant, the film presents a hilarious yet melancholic picture of a nation riven by petty class distinctions.

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Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jean Renoir
Screenwriter: Jean Renoir, Carl Koch
Cast: Marcel Dalio
Nora Gregor
Jean Renoir
Roland Toutain
Mila Parély
Gaston Modot
Julien Carette
Paulette Dubost
Pierre Magnier
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